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Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:22 pm      Reply with quote
Whenever I post something for sale on the Recycler (or Craigslist), I get some emails from internet scammers. At first I thought it was someone real, so I replied, but I thought the language was off. I gave them the benefits of the doubts until they asked for my bank account info, so they can just send me some money for the item I'm selling.

I stopped responding to them after that.

Today I was in a different mood. I decided to reply. Here's the actual email from the Scammer:

Dear Seller,
My name is Frodo i'm a vet doctor am highly interested in buying your dog which you posted in www.recycler.com kindly get back to me with your last offering price

Hope to read from you soon.


And my response is:

"Thanks for your interest in my "dog".

My "dog" comes with all his hair attached (no balding spot, which seems to be a cause of concern for some buyers). Actually to be perfectly honest, I did have to use some Rogaine on his balding head, but the hair has grown back. No problem! My "dog" is very special because he can poop and pee inside a box filled with newspapers. You'd love him. He's also been trained special-forces style (think Green Beret and the Seal!) by the best of the best. His trainer is an avid watcher of the Dog Whisperer, and can train any dog in the world. He'll bite the nuts of your attacker on demand, and will chew them off should you so desire.

Another special ability my "dog" has is he can talk. Just the other day, he said, "I swing both ways - Men and Boys." I'm not sure he knew what he was talking about. Maybe he meant the canine variety. I'm just glad he decided to come out of the closet since my closet needed a spring cleaning.

Due to the high demand of my "dog", I am taking in sealed bids to be fair for all the other bidders. Therefore I cannot tell you the last offering bid. You're welcome to send in your sealed bids to me. Just be sure to make the figure as high as possible to ensure your chance of winning my "dog."

Since you said you're a vet, you can perhaps give me a free vet advice. What does it mean when a dog scratch his butt rapidly 3 times in a row? After that, he licks his paw and looks at me with adoring doleful eyes. Then he turns around in a circle until he's dizzy and faints for about 5 minutes. I often have to revive him with some cold water in his face if I want him up and running in less than 5 minutes."


Anyway, watch out for these scammers! I read about them in the LA Times once. They operate out of Nigeria by some 16-year-old kids.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:31 pm      Reply with quote
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Anyway, watch out for these scammers! I read about them in the LA Times once. They operate out of Nigeria by some 16-year-old kids.


Exactly and they probably don't speak or read English so don't waste your time replying to them. Just ditch it in the trash.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 3:49 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks for the warning. I HATE internet scammers too! UGH. Mad
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:19 pm      Reply with quote
sarahb wrote:
bkkgirl wrote:


Anyway, watch out for these scammers! I read about them in the LA Times once. They operate out of Nigeria by some 16-year-old kids.


Exactly and they probably don't speak or read English so don't waste your time replying to them. Just ditch it in the trash.


Yeah, what clued me in was after I responded (not this last one), they wrote back but it was not responding to any of the things I said in my reply.
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Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:33 pm      Reply with quote
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sarahb wrote:


Exactly and they probably don't speak or read English so don't waste your time replying to them. Just ditch it in the trash.


Yeah, what clued me in was after I responded (not this last one), they wrote back but it was not responding to any of the things I said in my reply.


I agree with sarahb. It's probably better to not reply to them. Mark them as spammers so that next time they will go directly to spam or trash folder.
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Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:47 am      Reply with quote
I get so much spam coming in to my work mail address I would never get any work done at all if I stopped to read them all! What a total waste of time these people are.
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Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:22 pm      Reply with quote
here is a link of somebody who had some fun with scammers from Nigeria. This guy actually spent some serious time responding to these phony emails.

www.ebolamonkeyman.com
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Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:35 am      Reply with quote
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here is a link of somebody who had some fun with scammers from Nigeria. This guy actually spent some serious time responding to these phony emails.

www.ebolamonkeyman.com


Thank you! You always found the funniest links. I just passed it on to a friend who started this ruckus because he was mad at the scammer for wasting his time. He didn't realize they were fake, so he sincerely replied. Once they asked for $, he knew they were scammers and wrote back to them calling them Assclown! I think he'd appreciate this link a lot.
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Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:27 pm      Reply with quote
bkkgirl, I loved your response to the scammer Laughing ! I also hate it when those people try to contact you, or even worse if you have something up on eBay, that you paid the listing fee for, and a scammer goes and buys it. Now you are stuck to deal with eBay customer care and all that lovely stuff. I've also had it with craigslist as well. They'd ask to send to Nigeria, or whatever. It just pisses me off when I take the time to list something, and I get scammers messaging me with excuses of why they want it sent to Africa or some place. But answering with a bit of humor like you did, seems like it would be a fun thing to do....lol.

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Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:52 pm      Reply with quote
bkkgirl wrote:
Adonis wrote:
here is a link of somebody who had some fun with scammers from Nigeria. This guy actually spent some serious time responding to these phony emails.

www.ebolamonkeyman.com


Thank you! You always found the funniest links. I just passed it on to a friend who started this ruckus because he was mad at the scammer for wasting his time. He didn't realize they were fake, so he sincerely replied. Once they asked for $, he knew they were scammers and wrote back to them calling them Assclown! I think he'd appreciate this link a lot.


I'm glad you liked it. Very Happy
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Wed Feb 28, 2007 5:46 pm      Reply with quote
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bkkgirl, I loved your response to the scammer Laughing ! I also hate it when those people try to contact you, or even worse if you have something up on eBay, that you paid the listing fee for, and a scammer goes and buys it. Now you are stuck to deal with eBay customer care and all that lovely stuff. I've also had it with craigslist as well. They'd ask to send to Nigeria, or whatever. It just pisses me off when I take the time to list something, and I get scammers messaging me with excuses of why they want it sent to Africa or some place. But answering with a bit of humor like you did, seems like it would be a fun thing to do....lol.


Yeah, I did have a bit of fun, and I wanted to see what they'd say. I'm pretty sure they had no idea what I was saying. Their English just seemed poor. lol

Sorry you got stuck on bad deals on Ebay. That sucks! I'd be really mad if someone did that to me. No wonder some sellers said they'd cancel someone's bid if that person has 0 feedback, or that person has to email him/her prior to bidding. Maybe I should include this statement from now on, too. I got lucky and even those with really low or no feedback always paid right away.
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Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:20 pm      Reply with quote
bkkgirl wrote:

Yeah, I did have a bit of fun, and I wanted to see what they'd say. I'm pretty sure they had no idea what I was saying. Their English just seemed poor. lol

Sorry you got stuck on bad deals on EBay. That sucks! I'd be really mad if someone did that to me. No wonder some sellers said they'd cancel someones bid if that person has 0 feedback, or that person has to email him/her prior to bidding. Maybe I should include this statement from now on, too. I got lucky and even those with really low or no feedback always paid right away.


Yeah, the bad English seems to always be present in those kinds of things... I've noticed that too.

Well, you know, I just currently started doing eBay, and I was one with 0 feedback. So it is a bit harder to start off especially when people say no feedback no bid type of thing. But when I had put things up, I always stated something like, serious bidders only please, if negative feedback or no feedback contact seller before bidding. If you bid without permission your bid will be thrown out etc. but sometimes that just doesn't even work...So...

But I did like that website, very funny to just even skim through those emails/letters Laughing

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